Bark at the Moon (song)

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"Bark at the Moon"
Single by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Bark at the Moon
B-side "One Up the "B" Side"
Released November 1983
Format 7 inch vinyl (45 RPM)
Recorded 1983
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:17
Label Jet, Epic
Writer(s) Ozzy Osbourne
Producer(s) Max Norman
Ozzy Osbourne singles chronology
"Iron Man/Children of the Grave" (live)
(1983)
"Bark at the Moon"
(1983)
"So Tired"
(1983)

"Bark at the Moon" is a song by heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was the first single released from his 1983 album of the same name. The music video made for the song was the first made by Osbourne.

Overview[edit]

Though credited solely to Osbourne, "Bark at the Moon" was composed by guitarist Jake E. Lee and bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley with some lyrics contributed by Osbourne.[citation needed] In 2003, Daisley filed a lawsuit against Osbourne, claiming lost royalties for his significant songwriting contributions.

Lyrically, the song deals with a mythical beast that once terrorized a town, was killed, and mysteriously returned to once again wreak havoc upon the villagers. The music video, however, tells the story of a scientist, played by Osbourne, who ingests a substance in his laboratory which causes him to transform into the beast depicted on the Bark at the Moon album cover. Thought to be insane, he is subsequently committed to a mental institution.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was partially filmed at the Holloway Sanatorium, outside of London, England.[1] In the early 1980s infancy of the music video medium, the video, which was the first Osbourne had made, was highly anticipated due to his outrageous image. Drummer Tommy Aldridge played on the studio recording of the track, but the video features his replacement in the band, Carmine Appice.

Cover versions[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 21
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[3] 9

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